Our match prediction:
CSKA Moscow once again face a German opposition in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, but this year will be the first time they ever meet Bayer Leverkusen. Bundesliga outfit are tipped by many as potential title challengers in Germany with Roger Schmidt having assembled a remarkable squad this year. Five wins and only one loss in their last six games are somewhat the testament to their strength, but Champions League duel against Russian giants will be their biggest test so far. Having lost their opening Bundesliga match to Borussia Monchengladbach, Leverkusen returned to winning ways with a compelling 3-1 win over Hanburger SV with young Finnish sensation Joel Pohjanpalo scoring a hat-trick for a perfect Champions League introduction. CSKA Moscow travel to Germany without a conceded goal in their last three matches, aiming to kick-start their European season with another positive result. Leonid Slutski’s men have lost one of their key men this summer with Ahmed Musa leaving for Leicester City and the Russian side might end up struggling in front of goal in a match we predict will bring not much to anticipating fans.
Highligted Player (Hernandez):
Javier Hernandez or Chicharito is a 27-year-old striker who plays for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. He began his professional career in 2006 playing for the Mexican club Guadalajara. His first break came in 2010, ahead of the FIFA World Cup, when he became the first Mexican player to join the English Premier League side Manchester United. He was very effective at United endearing himself to the fans with some crucial goals. Chicharito played for Real Madrid in 2014-15 season on loan and had limited success with them. But he revived his career with a move to Leverkusen in 2015 with whom he has regained his prolific scoring record. Hernandez carries his prolific form to national colors too. Having made his senior national debut in 2009, Chicharito has 43 goals from 80 games for the national team. He is the second highest goal scorer of all-time for the Mexico national team.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder. The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscom won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours. CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.